Broad City

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Absurdist buddy comedy is female-friendly, edgy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters slack off work, steal things, buy and sell drugs, and sleep around, but it's all played for laughs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's leads, Abbi and Ilana, exhibit sisterhood and support each other sweetly but take things like sex and drugs lightly.


No nudity, but subplots include Ilana's casual sexual relationship with a friend (she Skypes Abbi while in the midst of having sex with him) and the friends attempting to make money by cleaning a total stranger's apartment in their underwear.


Infrequent F-words are bleeped, but strong language includes references to body parts, sex, and obscene insults.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Abbi and Ilana drink and smoke pot on-screen and refer to other drugs. They get drunk and high and act silly. We watch them buying pot from a friend and dickering over the price.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Broad City is an edgy comedy about a pair of female best friends in New York City who steal, party, and smoke pot regularly -- all for laughs. One of the friends has a casual boyfriend she's using for sex; the friends attempt to make money to go to a concert by posting a Craigslist ad offering to clean apartments in their underwear. It's all very funny and comes off as real (which makes sense -- leads Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are real-life best friends), but neither girl is exactly the type of bright, clean-cut, go-getter parents might prefer teens to emulate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycourtneyp1 June 23, 2016

A show

It's very interesting. It does come on Comedy Central so, it's kind of a given that it's not suitable for children. It speaks on current events,... Continue reading
Adult Written byJuniperBlossom February 28, 2019

Hilarious, Female-Driven Comedy

Hilarious and topical, but full of drug and sex references (marijuana is used often and sex toys are show and mentioned often). Most of the people I have person... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byihavecommonsens... July 20, 2019

one of the funniest shows ever

I personally was so happy when I found this shows. Everyone has a very different sense of humor, and this was right up my ally, though it may not be for everyon... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWaldorf123 April 19, 2018
This is just a comedy with some adult themes that you won’t even understand if you’re under 11.

What's the story?

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are real-life friends in New York whose original web series BROAD CITY is now a half-hour show featuring the pair's semibiographical antics under executive producer Amy Poehler. Both Abbi and Ilana have dead-end jobs: Abbi at an upscale gym, Soulstice, where she longs to teach spin classes but is instead given her very own toilet plunger by her smug, yoga-catchphrase-mouthing boss. Ilana works at a Groupon-like service doing sales, but she takes a lot of breaks and is in a happily casual relationship with her friend Lincoln (Hannibal Buress). During their off hours, the friends video-chat with each other, make plans for parties and concerts, stalk cute neighbors, and generally pal around in ways that real-life young women will probably relate to.

Is it any good?

Taking a page from Louie, Abbi and Ilana's antics have an absurdist "only in New York" flavor with a dash of the Seinfeld method of spinning a show out of nothing in particular. One episode features Abbi's epic journey to retrieve a package for a handsome neighbor, which involves a trip to an island neither Abbi nor anyone else has ever heard of. Another involves the girls' pursuit of an extra $200 to get into a concert; when stealing office supplies doesn't work, Ilana convinces Abbi to clean a stranger's apartment in her underwear. Spoiler alert: The client (Fred Armisen) evades paying for the service by pretending to be an adult baby who doesn't understand what money is.

That last anecdote more or less sums up the show. If it sounds amusing to you, Broad City probably will be, too. Jacobson and Glazer have personality and a point of view, and though their trying to make extra money by bucket drumming in the park may not be relatable (particularly for those living outside NYC), the two of them always are.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about other shows set in New York that focus on female friendship, such as Sex and the City and 2 Broke Girls. How are Abbi and Ilana like these other heroines? Are they the same age? The same socioeconomic status? Are they presented differently?

  • Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are friends in real life. Can you think of other on-screen pairs, romantic or platonic, who are also paired in real life? Does it make a show more real or more funny if the characters are also involved off-screen?

  • One show Broad City has been compared with is Girls, which is also about a set of female friendships among New York twentysomethings. Which one seems more realistic? Which one is funnier? Which one do you like better?

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